ATT blocks 4Chan, and I did not try to check it out till now!

Monday, 27 July 2009 17:34 by salim

That is pathetic, for a person who considers myself as well versed in new web. Better late than never, as they say.

No, I am not going to put a link in here as it could lead to pretty NSFW pages. It is a very vibrant community. I will definitely make it a habit to visit them.

But coming to the core of the matter, It is absolutely crazy that ATT would try something like that. What a lot of people don’t understand is that freedom of speech cannot be optioned. It is either absolute or not at all. Being said that, 4Chan, on its front page, and most of its pages show a very interesting slice of humanity. There is absolutely no reason for this to be even considered offensive unless you are in the habit of going into totally strange cultures and finding them as offensive and carpet bombing them.. Oops, I forgot, we have done that.

Now there are lots of contradicting reports about the action. Truth, as always lies somewhere in between. But, it is important in once sense. ISPs, if they have to block a site or IP address for some security reasons, should be upfront about it. Blocking it without prior notification to the users or to the website is a breach of contract, which ATT is not very shy to do.

It was an interesting episode. And I found a good place to checkout from time to time or may be even hangout.

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